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Jan 26, 2011 Robin Dumont
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While in New York for the first time, the week before Christmas, I recorded a few exploratory takes with my iPod 2G equipped with an iPhone headphone microphone. I wish I had real recording equipment to convey the true soundscape experience, but alas, here is a sample of the sounds you can hear in the Big Apple. I focused on the most impressive areas of sound for the unaccustomed hear hitting the city: the Chinatown area, the Subway, and the New York City streets in general, getting into the...
Topics: New York, Soundscape
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Nov 8, 2010 Robin Dumont
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#1 20100403 15:49 Sera Monastery Monks go through their daily debate routine, in the subburbs of Lhasa. #2 20100404 12:01 Workers use songs to stay in sync, while using hand rammers to compact the Lhasa Jokhang temple's adobe rooftop under rapairs. #3 20100409 21:48 Sound of the wind beatin up our nomad camp tent at night, at the foot of Qomolangma, also known as Mount Everest. #4 20100411 19:06 Car radio humming Nepali and Indian music all along what truly is a super long road trip through...
Topics: worksong, song, workers, rythm, rammers, ram, jokhang, tibet
Source: Apple iPod and Apple iPhone Headphones Microphone
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Jan 14, 2008 Robin Dumont
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Strolling along the old Bund, a historical walkway along the Huangpu River right in the middle of Shanghai, your ears come alive with excalamtions of Foreign tourists and Chinese visitors from all over China, and, alos, from the hawkers and their buzzing and tuzzing apparatus. Here the out of season carols of the not so understanding salespeople almost outweigh the more-than-century old chime of the Customs House (rebuilt in 1986). As a basis for comparison, the fourth file here included is a...
Topics: Chinese, Soundscape, bund, chimes, customs house
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Jan 13, 2008 Robin Dumont
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This is a recording made inside a small restaurant in the Xintiandi tourist area, near Old Shanghai, where the late afternoon Zither performance and patrons had me daydreaming of an era long gone, where teahouses where still the place to be. The third file is a recording (alas!, rather windswept) in the fabled fortified city of Pingyao, in a historical teahouse, but where Zither is only ever heard in recorded form by now. Recorded in April 2006, China.
Topics: Chinese, Soundscape, Zither, Guzheng, Teahouse, Xintiandi, Shanghai
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Jan 13, 2008 Robin Dumont
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In the holy village of Wutaishan in the Shanxi province, walking towards an unusual soundsource: a Shanxi Opera stage, bustling with acrobatics, vaudeville-like intrigue, and an unnerving type of singing, wich may seem like screeching to unacustomed ears. Having close ties with world renowned Beijing Opera, it bears this small difference in that men and women both can be part of troupes and play leading roles. Recorded April 2004, during an unfortunately windy day.
Topics: Chinese, Soundscape, Shanxi Opera
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Jan 13, 2008 Robin Dumont
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Here are some examples of Chinese initiatives voluntarily modifying their sound environment, for obviously various purposes: 1) News Stand calling machine, omnipresent in Beijing Streets; 2) Countryside type never-ending oldie, in the Pacific Center restrooms in the Sanlitun area, Beijing; 3) Past Shanghai Soundscape representation, at the Shanghai Municipal Museum of History; 4) Looping park interpretation in English, by a machine, in JingShan Park, Beijing (a few paces North of the Forbidden...
Topics: Chinese, Soundscape, China, News stand
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Jan 13, 2008 Robin Dumont
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Being in Chinese-Style shopping areas is a full part of visiting China, even for top-of-range high class Western shoppers, so you (happily) can't escape the slight cultural differences with the western shopping experience: bartering, haggleing, crowdedness... 1) Larger than life and unimaginably popular IKEA store in Beijing, at the cash; 2) More of the last, but in aisles; 3) French Carrefour grocery goods super chain is a mix between traditional (hawking) seller displays and american-style...
Topics: Chinese, Soundscapes, Stores, Ikea, Carrefour, Jialefu
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Jan 13, 2008 Robin Dumont
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Walking around in Chinese streets can prove quite entertaining, since a lot of people spend their leisure time there and practice their favorite instrument. Likewise, you come across buskers and mendicants who also dress, in their own way, the cities' coat of sounds. 1) Two youngsters singing away a popular song in an underpass; 2) Blind man playing a rudimentary form of Oud (luth) in an underpass; 3) Mendicant playing flute in an underpass; 4) Man practicing Erhu near Beihai park; 5) Old man...
Topics: Chinese, Soundscape, China, Erhu, Buskers, ChangJiang, Flute
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Jan 13, 2008 Robin Dumont
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The sounds of "Building China!", be they waking you up early morning or disrupting your end of the evening stroll in the local Hutong, they permeate everything that is China today, accompanying the sights of sky-filling halfly-erected structures all around. Here are three examples of such epoch defining noise: 1) Hammering the Beijing Morning 2) Busy dead-of-night construction site, in the Sanlitun area, Beijing 3) Drills in the Shanghai morning Recorded March and April 2006, China.
Topics: Chinese, Soundscape, China, Construction, Site
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Jan 11, 2008 Robin Dumont
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First time allowed in 12 years, Beijing inner 3rd ring road residents went nuts for 2 weeks. But these are the first seconds.
Topics: Chinese, Soundscape, New Year, Firecrackers
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Jan 11, 2008 Robin Dumont
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Inside a Line 2 train, going Northwards towards Donsishijiao Station. Recorded in January 2006.
Topics: Chinese, Soundscape, Beijing, subway, Metro
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Jan 11, 2008 Robin Dumont
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On a Sunday Morning, nothing better than visit your local McDonald's for easy food, but WAIT, this is CHINA!!! Recorded March 2006 in Beijing, East Gate Plaza McDonald's (Yinzuo). First file: children Second file: more children Third file: ordering (should've come first, but hey, it's sunday morning even for archive.org)
Topics: China, Soundscape, McDonald's Ordering, Kid Section